Swoosh Away! – A free wordpress theme

As you might know, today is my Birthday. Yes I turn 21 today and I am proud to present the ‘Swoosh Away’ theme for WordPress. This is the first theme that I have made for people to download and it is free.

You can view a live demo at http://themes.angadsodhi.com
You can download the file from here.
Here’s a screenshot of the theme:

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Creating this theme from scratch was fun. I have a few people to thank whose posts were very useful:

Theme properties:

  • Widget-ready
  • Fixed width
  • W3 XHTML valid
  • Designed with SEO in mind (eg <h1> appears just once on every page and that is the poast title)
  • wordpress 2.7 ready (I presume it shouldn’t have problems with wordpress 2.8)
  • Threaded comments (requires Brian’s Threaded Comments plugin included in download package)

The most difficult part was naming the theme! With thousands of WP themes already available, it has become so difficult naming them. I’ll be grateful if you can suggest me a better name.

Please let me know how you like the theme. Even if you don’t end up downloading the theme, please do let me know what you think about it. Comments and suggestions are always welcome! I’m coming back from a long layoff so please help me spread the word. Digg it or tweet it if you like it.

Psst: I plan to make many more themes before my next semester starts. If you like this theme, please subscribe to this blog. Expect a much better premium theme in the weeks to come!

58 thoughts on “Swoosh Away! – A free wordpress theme

  1. Thanks for the mention.

    Did you realise that WordPress 2.7 has its own threaded comments? To be truly "2.7 ready" it would be much better to use those rather than a plugin.

  2. This might have a simple answer to it, but I know there are themes that WordPress gives you to choose from for free. Is there any way that I could change the theme to one I found on a website without buying extra features?

  3. Ideally I want to download a free theme that is suitable for a client, remove the links to the original author, edit the theme and then sell it on. But I don't know if the themes on the wordpress website.

    1. Ozone, since WordPress is Open Source, you are legally allowed to do that. But if you do sell a free theme to your client with original author links removed, sure enough the client will write a post about his purchase. If his readers report that it is essentially a free theme slightly modified, it speaks badly for you. You will lose out on future potential customers. Just make sure you give it a complete overhaul and charge your client appropriately for the efforts you have put in.

      I hope that answers your question.

  4. Ozone — If you are using WordPress.com you cannot edit the themes without paying. If you are using WordPress dowloaded from WordPress.org on your own server then you can upload any theme you like.

  5. I wish I was turning 21, hehe, Happy Belated Birthday by the way! I turn 23 next month, hehe. You really did a great job with the theme =D I like the design of it, everything comes out look very soft and easy to read for the reader.

    Till then,


  6. First of all congrats on your birthday. You took time to name the theme… but the final result is awesome swoosh is a nice name. And you are providing it for free that's another great news. Thanks for it.

  7. I hope you had a nice birthday.

    This is a nice theme. I like the swoosh but I was wondering how to sell that highlight to a client?

    Maybe as a path metaphor for a consulting group?

  8. Why not name your theme after yourself or create a "callsign" that you always use for the themes and other content you develop. If you plan ahead now and stick with the same naming scheme you will have greater name recognition down the road.

  9. seems like a gift for the new year. It's free man, I just downloaded it. When I was reading that post, I thought, it is again some kinda affiliation market trick. :) But here it is free like a gift.

  10. Nice theme. I have a few new sites I want to put up and this will be a great theme for one in particular. Thank you for the help! I am new to your blog and look forward to seeing more posts from you.

  11. Noticing recently, OK I figured it all along, that my blog themes are, well, ugly.

    I really like this one and will subscribe so I can see what else you have to share.

    Thank you!


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